Change to military commissions bill would broaden scope Brett Murphy at 1:02 PM ET
[JURIST] White House and Republican congressional negotiators decided over the weekend to move forward with a definitional change in proposed legislation [PDF text] on military commissions [JURIST news archive] that would broaden the meaning of "unlawful enemy combatant" and allow the detention and trial by commission of a larger spectrum of suspects, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. While the the language of the previous version [PDF text] agreed to by GOP leaders last Thursday defined "unlawful enemy combatant" as "an individual engaged in hostilities against the United States," the new definition also includes those "who [have] purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States." It is unclear whether the new definition will apply to US citizens, but there is no express prohibition against such designation.
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